Spotlight on Graduate Research

Greater bird diversity in reclaimed oil sands wetlands, masters student finds

While her findings are still very preliminary, a UWindsor biology student has found that newly reconstructed wetlands in the oil sands of Alberta support a greater variety of bird species than their natural, old-growth counterparts.

Masters student Sheeva Nakhaie has been tracking birds in the area of Fort McMurray over the last three summers, counting species in existing boreal forests, as well as in those wetlands that have been mined for bitumen by petroleum companies and then restored to their original conditions.

Award-winning research could help pipeline industry

Oil and gas companies often go to very expensive measures to replace pipelines that are in danger of cracking and bursting, but a PhD student in engineering is part of an award-winning team finding ways to better determine how long a cracked pipeline will last in the field.

“This will help the oil industry to make informed decisions on whether or when a cracked segment of pipeline needs to be replaced,” says Hossein Ghaednia, a student in professor Sreekanta Das’s Center for Engineering Research in Pipelines.

Kinesiology student goes from researching Olympics to attending them

Katrina Krawec went from conducting Olympic-related research in Germany this summer to actually attending the Games in London.

A master’s student in kinesiology, Krawec spent several months at the University of Tübingen, just south of Stuttgart, where she participated in a large multi-year study to analyze the health and nutrition behaviours in adolescent Olympic-level elite athletes.